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Last night was my wonderful husband’s birthday. Before Bear and I started dating, he was a meat eater. His favorite food had been steak and potatoes. I could never stand steak and had been a vegan for 6 years when we first met. However, it being his birthday, I knew I needed to roll my culinary sleeves up and make him something special: a vegan steak.
After writing him the following birthday poem, “There is No I in the We of Marriage,” I was even more determined to satisfy his manly, American tastes and put my fusion food to the side this evening.
There is No I in the We of Marriage: Happy Birthday Bear I hope this is a love letter. There is no I in the we of marriage. When both of us are out for our own needs, The marriage goes belly up, Because we are not acting as a we. All married couples have to learn to be a we and not two Is functioning together. We just have to believe we can do it. I love us, Sincerely.
Bear and I have been struggling with “we” language – he very explicitly told me this early on in our young marriage, but it flew over my head. I talk very frankly, and don’t pussyfoot around. I also love curse words. What I was hearing was, “clean up your language, young lady,” from my older husband. He was not meaning that at all.
I felt I made a breakthrough in the idea of “we” this week the second time when Bear asked me how I thought – and his vision of my mind was harrowing. Obviously I was seriously stepping out of line for him to be asking these questions of me. My standard answer was, “I’m going through a diagnosis and multiple medication changes. I’m not trying to take more than I can give and am trying to be very honest about what’s going on with me so we can both meet middle ground.” I did need to say that, but at the same time, I needed to try harder.
So, for his birthday, I needed to pull out all the stops to show him I cared, that I appreciated his loyalty in the battle with me. He’s been through a lot with me over the years. I decided I was going to veganize steak, of all things.
This Vegan Steak recipe is meant to serve 2, as it is intended for a stay-in date. It uses Beyond Meat and tastes very much like the real thing, or so I’ve been told. Having been a vegan for 8 years at this point I’ve forgotten what it tastes like. I also have to avoid even plant-based protein and eat it sparingly due to gout, and this is packed full of plant-based protein for those of you looking for it or are concerned with your protein intake.
- Small to medium sized skillet
- Oven mitts
- Mixing bowl
- Your hands or a metal balloon whisk
- 3 Tbsp Vegan Steak Sauce, available at Amazon or Whole Foods
- 1 package Beyond Meat Ground Vegan Beef, available at Amazon or Whole Foods
- 2 Tbsp Dijon Mustard
- 1 Tbsp Onion Flakes
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1/4 tsp Black Pepper
Preheat Oven to 320 degrees.
Make sure your Beyond Meat is thawed. In a mixing bowl, combine all ingredients with your hands or a whisk. Hands are easier to clean, but if you’re concerned about germs, use a metal balloon whisk or spoon. Spray a skillet with non-stick spray. Using your hands or a spatula and spoon, lump into two large, flat, even patties in the skillet, and once the oven is preheated, bake for 8 minutes.
As pictured, this pairs great with mashed potatoes.
My husband loved this dish and urged me to take pictures. He wanted the world to know about what he called “vegan salisbury steaks.”
This is a perfect stay-in dinner date dish for my plant based friends – this is why I make huge patties, or steaks, that serve 2.